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"Eliminating Sleeping Sickness: Expanding the Vector Control Toolbox”

Serap Aksoy, Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University

Monday, April 24, 2017
  4:10–5 p.m.


Location: Genomics Building 1102A
  Parking Information

Category: Seminar

Description:

Tsetse flies are the sole vectors of African trypanosomes that devastate human and animal health in sub-Sahara.  Without mammalian vaccines and effective oral drugs to cure disease, vector control constitutes the corner stone in disease suppression and elimination efforts. Tsetse’s reproductive, symbiotic and immune biology provide novel targets for interventions. Tsetse’s fecundity requires a process of lactation that is dependent on symbiosis with obligate microbes. Trypanosome infection biology in tsetse highlights a process of vector manipulation that is essential for parasite transmission.  Expanded genetic/genomic knowledge on tsetse-trypanosome-symbiont biology can fuel the development of novel vector control methods.  



Open to: Faculty/Staff Only
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Entomology Department

Contact Information:
Dr. Hollis Woodard
951-827-5761
hollis.woodard@ucr.edu